Air pollution and pregnancy

19 July 2021

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in Australia and New Zealand has released new information on air pollution and pregnancy.

The patient information pamphlet discusses the effects of air pollution on women who are pregnant or planning pregnancy, and ways in which women can protect themselves and their babies.

View and download the Air Pollution and Pregnancy information pamphlet

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Fellow Dr Kristine Barnden, who has a special interest in the role that the fetal environment, and the physical, nutritional and emotional health of parents, play in influencing pregnancy outcomes and health right through life, said: “After the 2020 bushfires we realised there was a need for a resource for women who were concerned about the effects of air pollution in pregnancy.”

“It’s also important to recognise that air pollution can come from other sources, such as busy roads or chemicals used indoors. For women who are otherwise healthy and are able to follow the advice to reduce their exposure, the effects on pregnancy are relatively small. Some women and babies will be at greater risk and have less ability to decrease their exposure, and as a society we need to do what we can to protect all people from polluted air.”

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